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Real Answers™
Copyright: ©2008 Jan Merop
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By: Jan Merop

There’s nothing quite like watching a couple of young boys with fishing poles slung over their shoulders – barefoot and followed by a tail-wagging dog – heading for their favorite fishing hole.

Every footstep keeps stride with camaraderie, loyalty and industriousness.  And patience leaves its footprint.  If the catch is good, dinner is supplied with a heaping portion of accomplishment – making the meal all the more delectable.

But, why not just supply the fish and be done with it? 

Cooked and waiting for their appetites, the boys could just show up and eat the meal prepared for them.  Ease and leisure could be their companions. 

However, ease doesn’t teach what’s best – like the virtues that come from sharing a common goal, persevering to achieve results or the feeling of accomplishment that follows.  And it doesn’t take into account developing the potential of the individual.

Yet, isn’t that what big government tends to do?  

Instead of teaching people how to fish, they hand out cooked fish.  Appetites are satisfied for the moment; but are accompanied by too much idle time that often leads to less than honorable activities – not to mention missing the benefit of fulfillment.

The deplorable state of our economy is frustrating and frightening.  The financial crisis looms like a devouring giant.  What has happened to get us to this place?

A simple sentence can’t erase what decades of poor decision making have caused.  But, perhaps for the sake of coming to some degree of understanding, we can boil it down to one word: greed. 

The desire for more NOW has pushed us into debt that has become so large it swallows us whole.  For some time, our banking system and the government have not led by good example.  Debt lending and debt borrowing have reached numbers barely comprehendible both in individual lives and government.  And the fallout for lack of prudence is upon us.

Lack of accountability and government programs lock people into their negative situations and entitlement results.  Simply put, from the smallest to the greatest, many people either do not know or would rather not know how to manage their money. Consequently, people feel entitled to handouts.

Reform is needed.  But more programs aren’t the answer. 

Rather, we need to elect government leaders who will serve and lead the people on the high road of responsibility; not encourage us to depend on the government for security. 

Also, reform should provide accountability – not a way of escape. 

Reform should help and encourage the average American to develop his potential and prize industriousness.  It should teach the basics of managing money – giving, saving and spending so that every measure of prosperity is handled wisely.

Last, but not least, reform should shore up the spiritual foundation that is cracking.  We have moved away from the biblical guidance upon which our nation is founded.  Consequently, God is honored less and less. 

The Bible tells us in Proverbs 1: 19, NKJV, “So are the ways of everyone who is greedy for gain; it takes away the life of its owners.”  We have replaced our dependence on God with reliance on the government.  And, in that, our liberty has been compromised.

Let’s listen carefully to the presidential candidates; search diligently for truth; and, discern who will put a fishing pole into the hands of the people for a more stable future – or – who will simply hand them a cooked fish to meet the immediate hunger. 

Then vote for the hope and future of families, communities and our beloved nation.

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